Serena Williams is loving this moment when she is breaking records she didn’t believe were possible. First she went past Martina Navratilova’s 306 match wins at majors last Saturday and got to No. 308 to go past Roger Federer after a 6-2, 6-3 saunter over Yaroslava Shvedova at the US Open’s Round 4. The 34-year-old American now holds the record for the most career Grand Slam match wins in history.
Asked a few days ago if she considered herself one of the greatest female athletes of all time, she whispered the riposte: “I prefer the word ‘one of the greatest athletes of all time.’” And just when you thought that supremacy will render irrelevant the drama of a contest in women’s tennis, Serena has yanked up the bar and set herself an immediate target — she needs to win the US Open Final, should Angelique Kerber also line up on Saturday to ensure she retains her No. 1 ranking. Though no one really stood long enough to develop a lasting rivalry against her through her career that started at the beginning of 1998, her longevity and all-surface success remains unmatched as she chases the mark everyone’s rooting for her to go past: The 23rd Grand Slam title, which would take her past Steffi Graf on to the top spot in the Open era.
The Williams sisters are the first African-American women to hold an ownership stake in NFL, and the 34-year-old has also dabbled at plenty of fun things, like her dazzling dancing on Beyonce’s single, “Sorry”. The best news is, Serena’s not done yet. “I definitely never thought I would be playing still. Now I don’t really see when I’m going to stop,” she says.